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Awilco LNG Reports Loss

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 Oslo-based LNG shipping company, Awilco LNG, reported a first quarter freight income of US$8.9 million, down from $12.1 million in the same quarter the previous year.    The pure play LNG transportation provider  said that an oversupply of shipping in the carrier market, limited growth in trade and a reduced ton-mile ratio have combined to keep the LNG spot market at “unsustainable levels” for more than one year, both in terms of low utilization and depressed freight rates.   "The decrease was due to a minor reduction in rates and utilisation of WilPride, from 62 percent in the fourth quarter 2015 to 57 percent during the first quarter," Awilco LNG said in a statement.   Awilco LNG reported a net loss of $4.6m in the first quarter, in line with the net loss of $4.7m in the comparable period of 2015.   “Despite falling LNG prices, LNG imports to Japan and South Korea continued the weakening trend from 2015, and imports were down 6 percent and 5 percent respectively during the quarter,” Awilco LNG said   Awilco LNG said its fleet utilisation for the quarter ended at 78 percent, compared to 81 percent in Q4 2015.  


Japan LNG Prices Fall to Lowest in More Than 2 Years

Prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot cargoes for Japan, the world's top buyer, fell in May to the lowest since the trade ministry started publishing figures more than two years ago, official data showed on Thursday.   The average price of spot LNG contracted in May fell by 10 cents from the previous month to $4.10 per mmBtu, the monthly data by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed, down from $14.80 two years ago.  


Russia Could Fend off US LNG Plans for Europe

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Henning Gloystein, Reuters As Russia tightened its grip on Ukraine's Crimea region this month, U.S. and European Union officials were urging the Obama Administration to speed up approvals of more liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. Yet Russian exporter Gazprom's ability to swamp European natural gas markets with supply while depressing prices will make it difficult for as-yet unavailable U.S. supplies to displace Russian gas in Europe.


Europe Set for LNG Supply Surge

Europe is luring twice as many liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers as last year and more are expected in what is now the premium-priced market after a year-long demand slump in Asia. In just a week, seven new LNG tankers embarked for Belgian, British and Dutch ports and six more may arrive in the next month, attracted by the widest and most consistent premium to Asian prices in at least five years, price data on Reuters Eikon shows.


Petronas to Deliver LNG from FLNG in Q1 2016

The world's first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday. The 365-metre (1,200 ft) long Petronas Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG1), with a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum, would be completed by March next year, the firm's Vice President and Venture Director LNG Projects (Domestic) Abdullah Karim told reporters.


India to Boost LNG Impots

Photo: FERC

 India plans to more than double its liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal capacity in six years to cater to the rising natgas demand from refineries, fertilizer and power plants, according to a report in the Economic Times.   A total of 15.15m tonnes of LNG was delivered into Indian terminals in 2015, a 5% increase from 2014, according to ICIS data.   India was one of the biggest importers of LNG in Asia buying approximately10.4 million tonnes in 2014


LNG Spot Prices Drop; Demand Dips from Brazil, Japan

By Oleg Vukmanovic and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen,  Reuters Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) fell this week as demand from Brazil's Petrobras slackened and top Japanese buyers switched to cheaper fuels and relied more on supplies under long-term deals. Prices for April delivery dropped to around $18.10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) from $19.60 per mmBtu last week. Petrobras, a major Atlantic Basin LNG buyer in recent weeks


Magnolia Inks deal with Meridian

Magnolia Meridian-LNG deal

  Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd informed that its 100% owned project company, Magnolia LNG, LLC signed a legally binding agreement with Meridian LNG Holdings Corp for firm capacity rights for up to 2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) at Magnolia LNG, located on the Calcasieu shipping channel in the Lake Charles District, State of Louisiana, USA. Under the liquefaction tolling agreement (LTA), Magnolia will provide liquefaction servicesto Meridian LNG over the term of the contract in return


Pressure Steady on LNG Shipping Rates -Drewry

LNG shipowners will have to wait until 2018 for earnings to improve, when the majority of new US plants are expected to come online, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The first quarter of 2016 was no better than the previous quarter for LNG shipowners as spot rates remained low at around $30,000pd. Two new liquefaction plants, Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) in Australia and Sabine Pass LNG in the US


No New Australian LNG Projects Doesn't Mean No New LNG

Conventional wisdom in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector is that no new projects will be built for several years, given the vast cost can't be reconciled with the current low prices.   This view has led some in the industry to predict that the market will flip back to a structural shortage sometime in the early to mid-2020s, once again sending prices soaring as new supply takes so long to be built and become operational.  


IEA Sees Slower Global Gas Demand Growth to 2021

Growth in natural gas demand will slow to an average 1.5 percent a year globally through 2021, as stagnation in Europe and uncertainty about Chinese consumption offsets robust growth in India, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.  


Onshore Shale: Worth Keeping In The Shipping Spotlight

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Generally, shipping industry watchers spend much of their time monitoring events out to sea: how fleets are evolving, trade volumes growing and freight rates performing.    But occasionally it can be worth pointing the telescope in the other direction


India Teams up with Japan, South Korea on LNG

Dharmendra Pradhan. Photo: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

 India plans to form an alliance with Japan and South Korea to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) at "reasonable prices", the country's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.   India may soon rope China into the alliance as well, he said.  


Golar, Stonepeak Launch Launch FSRU Joint Venture

Golar LNG Limited announced that it has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with investment vehicles affiliated with private equity firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. The joint venture company, Golar Power Ltd, will offer integrated LNG based downstream solutions


Total, KOGAS Extend Cooperation on LNG

Image: Korea Gas Corp

 Korea Gas Corp, the world’s biggest importer of LNG, has struck deals with French giant Total to extend its reach into the liquefaction sector, reports Reuters.   Total has pledged to press forward with investment in LNG despite the downturn in oil and gas prices and has signed


LNG Producers Seek New Markets to Soak up Surplus

The world's top producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are investing in ship-fuelling operations, floating import terminals and power plants to open new markets and keep from drowning in a fuel surplus expected to last into the next decade.  


How Japan Can Lead the Marine Renaissance

Image: GE

Being an island nation, Japan is inevitably dependent on seaborne trade. Over time, this has led to it becoming a strong player in the global maritime market.    Japan’s shipbuilding pedigree has gained the country a foothold in LNG carriers


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


US Battles Russia for European LNG Market

Image: Cheniere Energy

 As the U.S. prepares to enter the European gas markets with its first delivery of liquefied natural gas, Norway and Russia are expected to increase production to lower prices and make exporting less desirable to the U.S., reports Daily Sabah.  


China's CNOOC Expands Fujian LNG Terminal

CNOOCs LNG imports. Photo:Xinhua

 China's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer CNOOC has started building two storage tanks at a receiving terminal in Fujian province for the super-chilled fuel, the official Xinhua news agency reported.   The new tanks are part of a plan to increase the receiving capacity at


US LNG Shipments Point to Global Gas Price Convergence

Image by East-West Center

 The emergence of US liquefied natural gas as a competitive alternative for European and Asian customers, combined with an oversupplied market, should drive more convergence between natural gas prices at major hubs and weaken the link between gas and oil prices, Fitch Ratings says.  


Statoil Says Sees European Gas Prices Bottoming Out

Norway's Statoil does not expect European gas prices to fall much further as rising demand from the power generation sector would offset an expected increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, company officials said on Wednesday.  


Höegh LNG Turns to Profit in 1Q

PGN FSRU Lampung  Courtesy Hoegh

Höegh LNG returned to profit following a Profit after tax of USD 6.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from USD 4.0 million net loss in the fourth quarter 2015. The company’s EBITDA reached $26.6 million for the first quarter of 2016, up from $24


Höegh LNG FSRUs on Strong Ground

Photo: Höegh LNG

 Höegh LNG is upbeat on the group’s FSRU prospects as its profit rise comes on the back of an almost tripled average regasification flow rate on Höegh LNG’s FSRU fleet compared with the same quarter last year, owing to increased imports driven by ample supplies of LNG






 
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